LAHORE – As some Provincial Management Service (PMS) officers return to work from the ongoing strike, administrative secretaries have proposed the chief secretary take action against those PMS officers who have dug their heels in and refused to call off their strike, Pakistan Today has learnt. A majority of section officers belonging to PMS have been abstaining from work due to the ongoing strike. Sources in the Punjab government told Pakistan Today that the authorities were assessing
ISLAMABAD – Slain minorities’ minister Shahbaz Bhatti’s elder brother, Paul Bhatti is likely to be appointed adviser to the prime minister on minorities’ affairs. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday confirmed that Bhatti would be appointed his adviser A source told Pakistan Today that the appointment would be made in the next few days. “The decision has been taken in line with the president’s assurance to the family of Shahbaz Bhatti that a member of his family would be
LAHORE – Things have further worsened on the Punjab’s governance arena, as the provincial management service (PMS) officers and the district management group (DMG) officers stick to their guns after the civil court granted bail to 73 provincial officers on Saturday. As a show of strength, hundreds of provincial service officers from the districts and the civil secretariat gathered at the city courts to receive their colleagues arrested from within the premises of the civil secretariat
LAHORE – Judicial Magistrate Rizwan Shah granted bail to 73 Provincial Management Services (PMS) officers, who had been arrested for protesting in Punjab Civil Secretariat, against personal surety bonds of Rs 500 each on Friday. The PMS Officers were brought in the district courts in five police prison buses like other criminals. A large number of their colleagues and other government servants received them. The counsels for the PMS Officers, Lahore Bar Association President Shahzad
ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s directives appear to be a rhetoric as the Establishment Division has so far not sent any formal instruction to the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to complete the verification process of federal government employees’ educational degrees by April 4. The prime minister had set a two month deadline starting from February 5 for the verification of educational degrees. However, despite the passage of one month, no official instruction has
ISLAMABAD – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Monday issued summons for Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son Abdul Qadir Gilani for his alleged involvement in the Haj scam. Sources said the decision to interrogate Abdul Qadir was taken following the SC’s directions to FIA to question him in connection with the scam.
They said Abdul Qadir allegedly received Rs 20 million from former Haj DG Shakil Ahmad. In his statement to the FIA, PML-N MNA Imran Shah had said Abdul
ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit a day-to-day progress report on the alleged corruption and mismanagement in Haj affairs with the registrar for perusal of Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed and asked it to interrogate Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s son, Abdul Qadir Gilani for his alleged involvement in the scam.
An eight-member special bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry,
ISLAMABAD – The en masse resignations of the federal ministers enabling Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to form a new “lean and mean” team triggered an intense lobbying for the slots in the new cabinet with President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani making a last ditch effort to convince the MQM and JUI-F to join the federal cabinet.
The resignations of the federal ministers, ministers of state and advisers were sent to President Zardari for acceptance. However, they
ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that the prime minister’s advice on the appointment of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman was binding on the president. A four-member bench of Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed and Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, was hearing petitions challenging the appointment of Justice (r) Deedar Hussain Shah as NAB chairman.
Counsel for the federation, Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, submitted
Lahore – The Punjab government’s efforts to meet demands of Provincial Management Service (PMS) officers got a jolt when the Punjab additional chief secretary (ACS) slashed the number of BPS-17 posts, further reducing numbers of the PMS cadre, Pakistan Today has learnt. According to details, the total number of posts in BPS-17 of the Services and General Administration (S&GAD) has been decreased from 1,204 to 984, showing a net decrease of 220. Moreover, the cadre strength of PMS
ISLAMABAD – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team investigating the Haj scam on Sunday called Zain Iftikhar Sukhera, a close friend of Abdul Qadir Gilani, son of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for questioning.
Sukhera was quizzed at the agency’s headquarters for his alleged involvement in Haj scam. FIA has found important clues regarding Sukhera’s involvement in the Haj scam he could be arrested for that, a FIA source told Pakistan Today.
He said former Haj
LAHORE – Prime minister’s ‘yes’ to Nawaz’s agenda is a temporary relief to the Pakistan People’s Party government but it is a trailer for the horror movie that is to follow.
“This is not stability, it is showoff. We know PPP well enough to know how they will take it from here,” Pakistan Muslim League-Q senior leader Faisal Saleh Hiyat said, adding that PPP was following a fixed agenda. PML-Q President Shujat Hussain was of the opinion that crisis was still lurking and had only
ISLAMABAD – FIA Director General Waseem Ahmed on Thursday told the Supreme Court that Abdul Qadir Gilani, son of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, was involved in the multi-million rupee Haj scam.
Quoting the statements of two legislators, PML-N’s Bilal Yaseen and Imran Shah, the FIA DG said one Zain Muhammad Sukhaira, a close friend of PM’s son, was also involved in the Haj scam.
A six-member special bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Javed Iqbal,
ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Wednesday noted that the date of a summary of advice, issued from the Prime Minister’s Office to the president to promulgate the National Accountability (Amendment) Ordinance 2010, seemed to have been tampered with.
“Prima facie, it appears that the letter written by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to President Asif Ali Zardari to approve and sign the National Accountability (Amendment) Ordinance, 2010 was tampered with,” Chief Justice Iftikhar
BAGHDAD: Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s plan to unveil a national unity cabinet was in disarray on Monday as political parties squabbled over posts and the timing of the announcement was put in doubt.
While Maliki had been expected to name his entire cabinet except for three sensitive posts linked to national security, politicians said that as many as half of the ministerial positions were still undecided.
The divisions come with no new cabinet having been formed
NEW DELHI: China and India’s premiers agreed on Thursday to double bilateral trade to $100 billion by 2015, during talks that otherwise showed no apparent progress on a series of nagging disputes.
Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh also agreed to push Indian exports to China in an effort to bridge a current trade surplus estimated at $20 billion a year in China’s favour.
The talks came on the second day of Wen’s visit – his first to India
LAHORE: Pakistan’s suspended pacer Mohammad Asif has hired the services of British lawyer Alan Alexander Cameron to represent him in the spot-fixing allegations case.
Alexander is the elder brother of British Prime Minister David Cameron.
Reports said that Elizabeth Robertson, who was representing the pacer, had taken maternity leave and that forced the cricketer to look for another lawyer.
“Asif during his recent visit to London had many meetings with Robertson and